Syrians To Receive Temporary Protected Status


On Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that Syrians will receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS allows persons from designated countries the opportunity to live and work in the United States during periods of violent political turmoil or environmental disaster.

The announcement came in response to the mass killings of civilians by the Syrian government.

A formal announcement is expected this week, and applications cannot be filed prior to the announcement.

The TPS period for Syrians is expected to last 18 months, with the possibility that it will be renewed if conditions in Syria do not improve.

English-speaking Syrians who want more information can call CARECEN at 516-489-8330. Later this week, I’ll post additional resources for potential applicants.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.